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    Ukraine Arrests Late Uzbek President’s Relative
    Jan20

    Ukraine Arrests Late Uzbek President’s Relative

    Ukraine has arrested a relative of Uzbekistan’s late President Islam Karimov who is wanted by Tashkent for the alleged embezzlement of hundreds of millions of dollars. …read more Source: Radio Free Europe / Radio...

    The Morning Vertical, January 20, 2017
    Jan20

    The Morning Vertical, January 20, 2017

    Your daily roundup …read more Source: Radio Free Europe / Radio...

    How Technology Politicized Visual Culture
    Jan20

    How Technology Politicized Visual Culture

    This hand-colored portrait of an unidentified woman was taken by an unknown photographer circa 1935. But to a contemporary eye, trained by social media, it may suggest hashtags from #ThrowbackThursday to #BlackLivesMatter. It’s one of some hundred still and moving images, spanning a century and a half, in the International Center of...

    New President, New World
    Jan20

    New President, New World

    “Don’t Make Any Sudden Moves” is the advice offered to the new president by Richard Haass of the Council on Foreign Relations, which has not traditionally been known as a beer hall of populist beliefs. Haass meant the president should bring his National Security Council together to anticipate the consequences before tearing up the Iran...

    Are Russia’s Lethal S-400 SAMs Equipped with the Latest Long-Range Missiles?
    Jan20

    Are Russia’s Lethal S-400 SAMs Equipped with the Latest Long-Range Missiles?

    Guy Plopsky Security, Perhaps it is premature to designate the airspace with a 400km radius of a S-400 system a no-fly zone. When Moscow deployed one of its advanced S-400 Surface-to-Air (SAM) system to Syria following the shoot down of a Russian Su-24 strike aircraft by a Turkish F-16 in late November 2015, both Russian and Western media sources...

    The Simple Reason Russia and America Keep Inching towards Crisis
    Jan20

    The Simple Reason Russia and America Keep Inching towards Crisis

    Ted Galen Carpenter Security, When Washington and Moscow don’t see eye to eye, disaster can ensue. Tensions between the United States and Russia rose rapidly during the final months of the Obama administration. Symbolizing that trend is the new deployment of three thousand U.S. troops along with tanks and other military hardware in eastern...

    The View From Moscow: How The Russian Media Covers Trump
    Jan20

    The View From Moscow: How The Russian Media Covers Trump

    Donald Trump’s first news conference as president-elect last week featured a mix of deflected questions, cheering supporters and accusations CNN is “fake news.” The circus atmosphere was strange for many viewers and reporters, accustomed to more formality and respect. For some Russians, however, Trump’s go with the press was oddly...

    Racist Russians Insult Obama Hoping for Trump’s Approval
    Jan20

    Racist Russians Insult Obama Hoping for Trump’s Approval

    Barack Obama’s final press conference was marked by an interruption by a Russian reporter from the state-run TASS news agency, the outlet that symbolized Soviet propaganda for decades. Josh Marshall’s Talking Points Memo cited a number of tweets from journalists present at the presser pointing out that TASS bureau chief, Andrey Sitov,...

    While elites fiddle, Russia advances in East Europe
    Jan20

    While elites fiddle, Russia advances in East Europe

    Not many Americans can locate Moldova, a tiny former Soviet republic with a mostly ethnic Romanian population bordered by Ukraine and Romania, on a map. Even fewer could tell you that Moldova was once part of Romania and won its independence with the fall of the Soviet Union, only to … …read more Source: The Washington...

    Barack and Joe’s Secret Code
    Jan20

    Barack and Joe’s Secret Code

    When President Barack Obama last week wrapped Vice President Biden in a bear hug after his Farewell Address and followed up with surprise Presidential Medal of Freedom, anyone watching could tell the two men weren’t faking it. So ends the closest and longest-lasting partnership between a president and vice-president in American history—one...